By: Brit + Co.
There's no turning back now -- the holidays are here! And with the holidays come parties, gifts, cards, and more. So, let us make some of your holiday planning easier by sharing 20 of our favorite festive holiday printables from all over the web. Oh, and you might want to stock up on some card stock (pun intended, obviously!) before you read through this article.
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- The Ellen Show | Author Blog Posts – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 5:11 PM EST
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By: K. Aleisha Fetters
GettyHealth-conscious people do not generally embrace winter weather-it's hard to stay fit during dark days with holiday gorging and the constant temptation to hibernate. A lack of great produce doesn't help, but there actually are some fruits and veggies that reach their prime this time of year, and they could very well give the season a good name again. Sub them in for your favorite summer superfoods, and before you know it, you'll be pining away for next winter.
If You Like: Green Beans
Try: Collard Greens
Rethink your greens. This underused veggie contains more than your recommended daily dose of vitamins A and K, antioxidant compounds that strengthen your immune system and help ward off winter colds. Plus, one serving contains 7.6 grams of fiber, which, according to the Department of Agriculture, can lower your body's absorption of calories from carbs. The best part, though? All those nutrients will set you back a mere 46 calories. Shop forRead More »from 5 Delicious Winter Super Foods to Try Now
- Mother Nature Network (mnn.com) | Author Blog Posts – Tue, Dec 3, 2013 8:38 AM ESTCupcake, Anzac and Peggy.
One member of an adorable marsupial trio has been released into the Australian wild by the wildlife organization that rescued her.
Earlier this month Peggy the wombat was reintroduced to her natural habitat, and BBC's Natural History Unit filmed the release. Peggy will be featured in a 2014 BBC documentary on orphaned wildlife.
"Peggy will be monitored quietly and from a distance," said Alistair Brown, founder of Wild About Wildlife, the organization that rescued Peggy.
"She will be provided with supplementary feed while she learns all about her new environment."
Peggy and her friends - Anzac, a baby kangaroo, and Cupcake, a baby wallaby - made headlines when Wild About Wildlife posted photos of the unlikely trio.
Both Peggy and Anzac were 3 to 4 months old when their mothers were killed by vehicles. They were rescued by wildlife rehabilitators in the state of Victoria and even shared aRead More »from Insanely Cute Marsupial Trio Begins Return to the Wild
- Maria DeSimone | Author Blog Posts – Mon, Dec 2, 2013 4:42 PM EST
An optimistic New Moon in Sagittarius may renew your faith in love on Monday. In particular, we're talking about the kind of love that takes you on a magic carpet ride, opening you up to a whole new world. Set your sights on the exotic vacation you and your sweetheart never had the opportunity to take, and make it happen if possible. Read on for this week's love scoop, and sign up for your free Weekly Love Email to get these love horoscopes delivered to your inbox.
The itch to travel will be strong -- especially after Wednesday when Mercury enters Sagittarius. The real headline news in love this week, however, has more to do with Mars. The planet of assertive drive will enter relationship-oriented Libra on Saturday, where he'll settle in for an unusually long visit -- until July 2014! Think all is fair in love and war? Not so fast...
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Big news, Aries! On Saturday, Mars, yourRead More »from Weekly Love Horoscopes: December 2 to December 8, 2013
- What will be under your tree this year?Deck the halls with lots of shoppers! The holiday season is upon us, and with it, the rush to get your hands on this year's must-have items. Whether you're shopping on Cyber Monday or Christmas Eve, chances are, you need some ideas for hot gifts. Which holiday gifts top the wish lists in 2013? The answers aren't surprising.
Your wife wants a new phone, your son wants a new tablet, and your dad wants an e-reader. Technology items are some of the season's biggest sellers. Whether you're looking for a modern twist on the classic smartphone, like the popular Samsung Galaxy S4 or the Samsung Galaxy Mini, or a new, thinner tablet, check out deals both online and in-store before you decide who'll give you the best price.
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Plastic interlocking brick sets are popular among kids of all ages. Themed sets allow children to add to a particular collection year after year, perfect for parents of kids that are hard-to-buy-for. There are options for younger children with bigger
- In the Pantry | Author Blog Posts – Wed, Nov 27, 2013 11:54 AM EST
Allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon are staple flavors of the holiday season. But "In the Pantry" host Aida Mollenkamp says these spices can go far beyond beyond pies and cider. On this week's show, she shares her favorites ways to add dashes of holiday sweetness to savory meals throughout the year.
"Give these spices more responsibility at the dinner table and keep them working for you all year long," says Mollenkamp. She notes that spices can last up to six months if stored in a cool, dry place.
Allspice. While traditionally used in gingerbread or pumpkin pie recipes, Mollenkamp suggests adding the spice to your favorite smoky-flavored barbecue sauce.
Nutmeg. "This year, don't put [nutmeg] in the back of your spice rack at the end of December," says Molleknamp. "Try using it in savory dishes instead of just your drinks." She likes to use a sprinkle of nutmeg in potatoRead More »from In the Pantry: How to Use Holiday Seasonings All Year Long
- By Dr. Mike Moreno
Author of The 17 Day Diet
It's that time of year when the zipper on your dress and the springs in your bathroom scale start getting really nervous. Here's how you can avoid weight gain during these holidays, with help from my tried and true 17 Day Diet tips.
Continue the good habit of eating breakfast during the holidays to help control cravings later on. (Sorry, eggnog isn't considered a good egg substitute.)
Have healthy snacks on hand, such as raw veggies or fresh fruit. Go for them before you treat yourself to the splurge stuff.
Give yourself permission to enjoy a little of everything that is usually only available during the holidays, but to do it in moderation (no second helpings on pumpkin pie or cheesecake). Pumpkin pie, by the way, is your best dessert bet. It's lower in calories and higher in nutrients than pecan pie, apple pie, and most other desserts.
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- Ellen's Good News | Author Blog Posts – Tue, Nov 26, 2013 5:27 PM ESTJohn and Peggy Ford. (Photo: WCVB)A Massachusetts couple lost everything in a house fire - except their humanity.
On Sunday evening, John and Peggy Ford's house in Braintree, MA caught fire. The couple and their dog survived, but all their belongings and both cars were gone, and the home destroyed. They had raised their family in that house, built for them by Habitat for Humanity 19 years ago.
Countless goodhearted people, many of them strangers to the couple, began raising money for them through an online fundraiser. More than $7,000 was raised in just a few days.
"When there's a moment like this in your lives, people do pull together," John tells WCVB. "It's great. It's just humbling."
"We'll pay it forward," said Peggy. "That's what we were taught to do, so we will."
That's not just lip service. The Fords don't plan to keep all the money they've received. Instead, they've decided to donate it to those suffering from the typhoon that recently ravaged the Philippines.
We're blown away by these two amazing people whoRead More »from Couple Loses Everything and Still Manages to Give Back
- Peter Ardito/FITNESS MagazineBy Jocelyn Voo
Maybe a new raw cafe has sprung up in your neighborhood, or you read about Katy Perry and Gwyneth Paltrow being fans. Either way, eating "clean" is gaining traction -- but what does it actually mean, and how is it good for the body?
Clean eating is a deceptively simple concept. Rather than revolving around the idea of ingesting more or less of specific things (for instance, fewer calories or more protein), the idea is more about being mindful of the food's pathway between its origin and your plate. At its simplest, clean eating is about eating whole foods, or "real" foods -- those that are un- or minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible. However, modern food production has become so sophisticated that simply eating whole foods can be a challenging proposition these days.
Related: 6 Clean Eating Recipes
What Counts as Processed Foods?Read More »from The Complete Crash Course on Clean Eating
First, let's start with the definition of processed food.
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